Joe Bondi will celebrate his second anniversary with the Red Buffalo Brewing Company downtown Statesville tonight. From the moment he came here five years ago, he fell in love with downtown Statesville and wanted to bring something different and funky to our community. He knew he wanted to have a brewery and make it inclusive to those who don’t like craft beer including other beers, ciders, seltzers and wine.
The name Red Buffalo is a nod to where he grew up in Buffalo, New York but also a tribute to the American heritage. The name is most certainly notable! Having worked in the Army-Navy exchange service, he learned the art of making beer while traveling the world. This may have attributed to his fondness for experimentation of flavor profiles. All the beer at the Red Buffalo is made in small batches, which allows them to maintain both constancy and room for different variations. His creativity and partnership with local farmers include flavored beers such as strawberry, sunset ale that tastes like an orange creamsicle, jalapeno and blueberry (which never left his menu due to its success), Fall favorite Funkin’ Punkin’, and a soon to be released Peanut Butter porter. His anniversary beer will be Pina Colada, which will likely sell out tonight. He also has plans to release a Christmas beer.
Recently, he created the Firehouse Red IPA to benefit a local fire fighter with cancer. He’s still selling “Pray for Isaac” shirts for $20 with proceeds going directly to Isaac McCurdy. Red Buffalo is open 3-11 PM Wednesday-Saturday and showcases live music Thursday-Saturday. Red Buffalo Facebook page updates patrons to both new beers and music artists.
Eternally optimistic, he compares the Covid pandemic to hitting a curve ball. “We all have to learn how to hit them. There is a positive to it. We’re all in the same boat.” His first priority is safety. “We’re a gathering place. We’ve had to adapt. We’ve made private events to keep people safe.” Bondi says he loves the community and the people in it. He is grateful that he’s been able to weather the storm and thanks everyone for their continued support during these challenging times.